Cover Drive are a four-piece band from
Barbados consisting of Amanda
Reifer, T-Ray Armstrong, Barry "Bar-Man" Hill and Jamar Harding. They
have gained commercial success in the United Kingdom. They are best
known as featuring artist in Far East Movement's hit single "Turn Up
The band was signed by record label Global Talent, a division of
Polydor Records. The band obtained one of its major breaks by
performing as an opening act during Rihanna's Loud Tour.
The band were featured in upcoming promotions by the
Authority, an international tourist-marketing agency of the Barbados
government. The group released their debut album
Bajan Style on
7 May 2012 in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 14. "Lovesick
Riddim" was announced as their lead single from their EP, Liming In
Limbo on 13 December 2013. The group's second album Fall Forward
was finally released on 10 April 2017.
1.1 2010: Formation
1.2 2011–2012: Commercial success and Bajan Style
1.3 2013–present: Upcoming second studio album
3.1 Studio albums
5 External links
The band formed in their native country Barbados. The band consists
of four members: Amanda, the lead singer; T-Ray, the drum/backing
vocals; Barry "Bar Man" Hill, the keyboardist/guitarist; and Jamar,
the bassist. Amanda met T-Ray when she became his babysitter
despite being only two years older, T-Ray was in the same year as
Jamar at school although they did not attend the same school, and
Amanda met Bar-Man at college because they were in the same year.
2011–2012: Commercial success and Bajan Style
Cover Drive gained a lot of subscribers on
YouTube with videos of them
covering popular songs. In April 2011, the band signed a publishing
Sony and a recording deal with Polydor Records. After
the band was signed they began writing and recording material for
their debut album. Whilst in the studio, they met American producer J.
R. Rotem who produced their debut single, "Lick Ya Down", which was
released on 28 August 2011. After receiving heavy airplay and support
on both the Radio and Music channels in the United Kingdom, the song
debuted and peaked at number 9 on the
UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart and number 3 on
the UK R&B Singles Chart.
They later released their second single "Twilight" on 22 January 2012,
which was their first single to chart in Ireland, debuting at number
40. The song peaked at number 1 on the UK iTunes chart within
hours of its release. The song was produced by Quiz & Larossi. On
29 January 2012, "Twilight" debuted at number 1 on the charts in the
United Kingdom for the week ending 4 February 2012. On 8 March 2012,
they announced "Sparks" as the third single from the album. Sparks
was released on 29 April and debuted and peaked at number 4 on the UK
Singles Chart. Their debut album, Bajan Style, was released on 7 May
2012 and debuted on the
UK Album Chart
UK Album Chart at number 14. The fourth
release from Bajan Style, "Explode" was re-worked with vocals from
N-Dubz member, Dappy, and was released from the album on 26
August 2012, entering at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.
The group also featured on Far East Movement's "Turn Up the Love",
which was released on 21 June 2012. It peaked at number 13 on the UK
Singles Chart. They toured with
Kelly Clarkson on the UK & Ireland
leg of her Stronger Tour.
2013–present: Upcoming second studio album
A lyric video for a song called "All My Love" was uploaded to the
YouTube channel on 14 February 2013. The music video
was uploaded to
YouTube on 1 March 2013.
The band was featured in a May 2013 episode of the
HGTV series House
Hunters International as they searched
Barbados for a house together
as a band, preparing for their next album.
A lyric video for their lead single off of their EP, called "Lovesick
Riddim", was uploaded to the band's official
YouTube channel on 7
August 2013. The music video was uploaded to
YouTube on 10 August
2013. An EP, titled "Liming In Limbo", is due for release. The EP
is a taster of what is to come on their upcoming album. The EP was
released 13 December 2013.
Cover Drive released a song for
Crop Over 2014 called "Dis Ain't
Love". A lyric/music video was released via their
YouTube account on 6
Cover Drive also announced in June 2014 that they were
recording the music video for the lead single off of their upcoming
second single. It was later announced to be called "Love Junkie". A
lyric video was uploaded on their
YouTube account on 3 June. The music
was uploaded on to
Vevo on 27 June. The song is set for release on 27
July (UK/Europe) and 29 July (rest of world).
Karen Amanda Reifer – lead vocals (born 17 March 1991)
Barry Hill – guitars/keytars (born 25 December 1988)
Jamar Harding – bass guitar (born 31 May 1993)
Thomas Ray Armstrong (T-Ray) – drums, percussion, backing vocals
(born 9 August 1993)
Cover Drive discography
Bajan Style (2012)
Fall Forward (2017)
Liming In Limbo (2013)
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Rihanna LOUD tour rocks
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Retrieved 7 August 2012.
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2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
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^ "INTERVIEW: Cover Drive's Amanda Talks New Single 'Love Riddim,'
Rihanna and More". WeAreCoverDrive. Retrieved 9 March
Cover Drive on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
Cover Drive - Love Junkie". YouTube. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 9
Cover Drive on
Cover Drive on Facebook
Barry 'Bar-Man' Hill
Bajan Style (2012)
Fall Forward (2017)
"Lick Ya Down"
"Turn Up the Love"
Far East Movement